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The Enigma of Technology The Amish of Pennsylvania have riddled American society since the dawn of the modern era While rapid new technological changes have greatly altered the shape of modern society the Amish still cling to their antiquated ways and strong traditions However as the Amish continue to remain outside the technological loop that dominates modern earth they risk the chance of eventually becoming obsolete As a way to keep their faith the Amish have slowly began to negotiate the use of electricity the telephone automobiles and farming equipment In their quest to keep their traditional lifestyle the Amish have adopted alternatives with respect to power agriculture transportation and communications For various reasons both religious and social electricity is absent from every Amish household in America Instead they use bottled gas to light their homes shops and to power their appliances However there are several small exceptions to their strict rules outlawing electricity They are allowed to use electricity to power flashing red lights on the back of buggies warning approaching traffic Electric fences can be used to keep cattle in pastures The milk in bulk tanks is stirred by electric motors The elderly read by battery-operated lamps On Amish farms electric welding machines are permitted for welding farm equipment In carpentry work crews are permitted to use electric saws Kraybill 1989 When electricity made its debut in Lancaster City in 1886 it stayed mostly confined to the limits of the city Kraybill 1989 Electricity very slowly crept out into the countryside but a majority of the people continued to rely on kerosene lamps and lanterns It was not until 1946 that electricity became widely used by eighty percent of Pennsylvania farms Kraybill 1989 The Amish made up a significantly large portion of Pennsylvanian farmers who chose not to use electricity The Amish wished to remain separate from worldly influence by banning electricity The ban of electricity however sometimes had to be
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